DNA Favorites Blog

This is Richard Hill, founder of DNA Favorites. I don't write long, detailed blogs. My blogging style matches that of my website: clear, concise summaries with links to learn more.

I typically share these posts to my DNA Favorites Facebook page and to my RichardHillDNA accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can follow me in whatever medium you prefer.

Jun 12, 2024

A Well-Organized Resource on DNA Testing

My favorite testing company resource is the Family Tree DNA Help Center. It is exceptionally well done and covers more than just their specific tests.

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Jun 10, 2024

A Surprise Ending to a D-Day Love Story

DNA testing helps two brothers find each other 70 years after one of them was fathered by an American soldier and a French woman.

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Jun 07, 2024

The Best Facebook Groups on DNA Testing

On this website page, I list and link to some of the most useful DNA Facebook groups organized by category.

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Jun 05, 2024

A Mitochondrial DNA Case Study

I don't see many case studies on using mitochondrial DNA in genealogy. Here's a great one combining DNA with traditional research.

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Jun 03, 2024

A New Course to Master WATO

What Are The Odds? (WATO) is a powerful tool for evaluating the likelihood of possible family relationships from DNA data. Learn all about this tool.

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May 31, 2024

All about GEDmatch

GEDmatch has a great set of genealogy tools. Blogger Kitty Cooper has assembled all of her articles on GEDmatch into one convenient blog post.

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May 29, 2024

DNA Testing Tips for Adoptees

My DNA Favorites website includes extra pages for adoptees with over 75 links to adoptee resources such as Facebook groups, books, websites, blog posts, and articles.

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May 27, 2024

DNA Tests Unearth Family Secrets

A research project found that 5% of people taking a genetic genealogy DNA test find a previously unknown full or half-sibling. Some interesting stories in USA Today.

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May 24, 2024

DNA Testing Motivations and Outcomes

This fascinating research project measures why people engage in genetic genealogy, what outcomes they achieve, and how they feel about it.

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May 22, 2024

The Top DNA Testing Bloggers.

Once you understand the fundamentals of genetic genealogy, these DNA bloggers can provide useful tips and help you keep up with new developments.

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May 21, 2024

Late Discovery Adoptees: A Panel Discussion

DNA tests are revealing many secret adoptions. Register now for the May 22, 2024 panel discussion about the experiences of late discovery adoptees.

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May 20, 2024

Good Advice from Dear Abby

Many people are surprised by unexpected half-siblings through DNA testing or otherwise. How should you respond?

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May 16, 2024

New Book: The Complete Guide to Family Tree DNA

Roberta Estes has authored a comprehensive guidebook that covers every DNA test type at Family Tree DNA. The eBook is available now with the print edition to follow.

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May 13, 2024

What is Mitochondrial DNA?

mtDNA is passed down exclusively from mothers to both sons and daughters. Learn how it provides valuable insights into our ancestral heritage.

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May 10, 2024

How DNA Testing Can Restore Family Connections to Slave Ancestors

An anthropologist explains why genetic genealogy can recover lost branches of family trees where no paper trails exist.

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May 08, 2024

Adoptee Just Misses Out on Meeting Biological Father

Anne is thrilled that DNA testing led her to biological family members. She only wishes she had done it sooner.

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May 06, 2024

What is Y-DNA?

Learn about the evolution of Y-chromosome testing and the advancements reshaping our understanding of paternal ancestry.

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May 03, 2024

FOREVER Genealogy Gathering

This memory-keeping platform that preserves and protects photos and videos for generations is hosting a free event for genealogists.

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May 01, 2024

Reunited Twins Share Far More Than Looks

DNA matters a lot. Twin girls adopted separately meet 33 years later with shocking similarities.

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Apr 29, 2024

What is Autosomal DNA?

DNA tests like AncestryDNA and 23andMe check a type of DNA known as autosomal DNA. Learn what autosomal DNA can tell you, and how to apply the results to your genealogy.

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Apr 26, 2024

New Genetic Analysis Traces George Washington's Family

George Washington's lineage was traced by combining DNA analysis of ancient remains with modern DNA analysis of the 4th great-grandson of George's brother.

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Apr 24, 2024

DNA Doesn't Lie--But Be Careful

DNA test results are not always clear-cut and easy to interpret. If we aren’t careful, we can misinterpret them and reach a wrong conclusion. Learn how to do it right.

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Apr 19, 2024

The Top 10 DNA Features on MyHeritage

Watch this presentation to learn why the MyHeritage DNA test is an important option for genealogists, adoptees, and others.

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Apr 17, 2024

Understanding DNA Matches to Ancient People

How far back in time does a DNA match still have genealogical meaning? This fascinating article addresses that question and others.

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Apr 15, 2024

OOPS! Investigating a DNA Test Surprise

"How To Prove The Exact Nature of Misattributed Parentage With DNA Testing" is the title of this informative article at Legacy Tree Genealogists.

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